Internet provides oppressed citizens outlet for opinion

By Freedom Newspapers As the old saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to getting information to the people, Chinese Internet journalists are proving that maxim true. In a nation where for decades the government has maintained strict control over the media, the Internet is bringing new hope and new […]

Army owes it to fallen soldier to reveal truth

By Freedom Newspapers Friendly fire killed Pat Tillman almost three years ago in Afghanistan. But his death continues to haunt us. Maybe it’s because his sacrifice seems so supreme: relinquishing the ease and wealth of life as a respected NFL football player for the brutality and danger of fighting on the front lines. It’s a […]

Witnesses admit to deception

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Defendant Robert Macias (CNJ file photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel […]

Era of soulful love songs fading away

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist One day, maybe 20 years ago, I ran into Eddie Levert. Eddie, a charter member of the legendary O’Jays, is one of the greats, a singer of thunderous power. Back then, his son Gerald was just starting out as a professional singer but already, people were remarking how much he […]

Space travel means one pricey ticket

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist George Bush, the first and arguably the brighter George Bush, first spoke in 1987 about “the vision thing.” The vision thing. It’s the concept of looking past my tiny world and dreaming of what could be. I don’t have the vision thing. Noting my inability to project beyond current reality […]

“Stay the course” desertion quite dishonest

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist • “… The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must […]

Creative thinking must be protected

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Huey Long, the fabled Louisiana populist governor and senator, had no special reverence for intellectuals and generally did his best to sound like an unlettered hayseed. But during his time in power, he poured money into Louisiana State University. His inspiration came from 18th-century Prussian ruler Frederick the Great, whom […]

Truth takes a while to penetrate thick skulls

By Curtis K. Shelburne   It bothers me about me to realize how long it takes for even the Lord of the universe to get his truth through my thick skull. The problem is not on God’s end of the equation; the problem is the thickness of what he’s trying to penetrate. For example, how […]

By giving a little, we receive so much more in return

Lt. Col. Roseanne Warner I’m sometimes asked why I would volunteer outside the workplace given the constant 24-7 demands on my time/life/family. I could easily agree that “Yes, my time is so limited I don’t want to ‘waste’ another minute from my personal life.” After all, I work hard and I deserve a break. This […]

Truth exposes fallibility of death penalty

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” — John 8:32 It’s too late for the truth to be of any help to Ruben Cantu. He was executed by the state of Texas 13 years ago after being convicted in a 1984 robbery and murder that […]

T-or-C sporting Santa Fe’s art scene

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I decided to go to Truth or Consequences for her birthday last weekend. Because she is a Pisces, the astrological fish sign, she must dip herself in natural water every year so she won’t lose her mermaid skills. Actually, I just made that up. […]

‘Truth’ not necessarily based in fact

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist So apparently, we didn’t get the real story on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest. Some of you will recall that I wrote last week how Sheehan, the anti-war activist, showed up to President Bush’s State of the Union address wearing a T-shirt that referenced the number of Americans killed in Iraq. Capitol […]

Army should be more forthcoming about player death

Freedom Newspapers Exactly what sequence of events led to the death by friendly fire of Army Ranger Pat Tillman —the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University athlete who gave up a pro football salary to join the war on terrorism — remains uncertain. And as long as they are, those who loved and respected Tillman […]

Wilson, Franz

Franz Wilson Services: Have been held. Franz Harvey Wilson, 65, of Caballo, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born on Jan. 29, 1940, in Longdale, Okla., to Buck Lowe and Josie Bell Chaloupek Wilson. He earned an associate degree in wastewater management. He was a resident of the Caballo […]

Breech, Donald

Donald Breech Services: Have been held. Donald Richard Breech, 70 of Elephant Butte, died Monday, May 23, 2005, at Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences. He was born on Oct. 13, 1934, in Winterhaven, Calif., to Donald Todd and Esther Tinsley Breech. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was the former […]

Here’s a Great Measuring Stick for Character

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ religion columnist I wasn’t looking for anything particularly profound the other day, just enjoying a good book, a great story, and a quiet meal when I stumbled across a little nugget of wisdom that surprised me. Sometimes that which is truly profound and wise reaches out and grabs us unexpectedly. Well, […]

5/15 Letters to the editor

Cannon’s closure will hit Clovis hard Everyone on the Committee of Fifty and on the local commissions just didn’t believe Cannon Air Force Base would be on the closure list. Yet here it is — Cannon is the only base in New Mexico to make the closure list. Kirtland will gain personnel and both Holloman […]

ENMU student protest targets lack of tolerance

By Laurie Stone: CNJ Correspondent PORTALES — Some Eastern New Mexico University students are trying to make a statement today — by staying silent. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement organized to protest harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Those participating in the Day of Silence will wear a […]

Hawks, Jimmy

Jimmy Hawks Services: Have been held. Mr. Jimmy Hawks, 59, of Portales, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, near Moriarty. He was born on Oct. 31. 1944, in Portales, to Johnny Pauline and Jimmy Hillman Hawks. He made his home in Portales until 1956 when he moved to Truth or Consequences. He graduated from Hot Springs […]

Russian textbooks should provide historical facts

Freedon Newspapers Living with the big lie was a way of life for citizens of the Soviet Union and its satellite empire. And it was the unraveling of just one of those lies — the truth about who murdered thousands of Poles in what became known as the Katyn forest massacre — that’s pinpointed as […]